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Larry44 04-13-2013 11:01 AM

Flyers offer Nikita Zaitsev a contract (Apr. 12: Flyers deny rumor)
 
For all those of you who think the Flyers hate Russians: :)

http://www.***********/r/Flyers/comme...ontract_to_21/

Flyers have reportedly offered a contract to 21 year old Russian defenseman Nikita Zaitsev.

He went undrafted, but I remember him being ranked well. Will have to dig out back issues of Draft Preview later.

Found this too: Was on Flyers' radar during his draft year.

http://philabright.com/2010/06/18/wh...ikita-zaytsev/

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April 12:

Quote:

Anyway I was told it wasn't true.
https://twitter.com/AnthonySan37/sta...40013966548992

Krishna 04-13-2013 11:03 AM

They clearly have him confused with Nikita Zadorov

Look for Zadorov to be drafted e4

OriginJM 04-13-2013 11:04 AM

stocking up on young ones

nice

orange is better 04-13-2013 11:09 AM

18 points in 49 KHL games. Not bad

6'1" 176lbs. Will probably need to bulk up a bit if he hopes to be an nhl defenseman, but he's only 21 so that's promising.

Don't mind this signing. Well have a good amount of guys to watch for the phantoms next season.

JDinkalage Morgoone 04-13-2013 11:12 AM

I read this as Nikolai Zherdev at first glance hahaha

MiamiScreamingEagles 04-13-2013 11:13 AM

Anthony SanFilippo asked yesterday and was told it was an inaccurate report.

sa cyred 04-13-2013 11:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MiamiScreamingEagles (Post 63862043)
Anthony SanFilippo asked yesterday and was told it was an inaccurate report.

I saw this yesterday and thought the same thing. But if Im not mistaken though, they club usually doesnt state if they have interest until AFTER they sign the players. Im guessing this is true especially for KHL players.

Quote:

"Defender of "Siberia" Nikita Zaitsev can become a player NHL "Philadelphia Flyers." As said at the meeting with fans of the club general manager Siberian Cyril Fastovsky expected that "Philadelphia" will offer a three-year bilateral agreement Zaitsev.
What that sounds like is the player has been offered a contract and they are waiting to see if he accepts it or not.

MiamiScreamingEagles 04-13-2013 11:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sa cyred (Post 63862161)
I saw this yesterday and thought the same thing. But if Im not mistaken though, they club usually doesnt state if they have interest until AFTER they sign the players. Im guessing this is true especially for KHL players.

I changed the title in the subject to a "rumor." If and when an update is issued, we can make the proper note.

FlyingPhilly 04-13-2013 11:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Krishna (Post 63861685)
They clearly have him confused with Nikita Zadorov

Look for Zadorov to be drafted e4

I totally saw this coming from Krishna. :laugh::laugh::laugh:

Mgkibbles 04-13-2013 11:23 AM

Nice. Hopefully we get him. Judging on stats and specs alone he seems to have some promise.

sa cyred 04-13-2013 11:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MiamiScreamingEagles (Post 63862221)
I changed the title in the subject to a "rumor." If and when an update is issued, we can make the proper note.

Sounds good. Ya I didnt post anything here yesterday after seeing it because how sketchy it looks, but I can see why there are conflicting reports. The NHL-KHL thing has a lot of tension I guess one can say so I wouldnt be surprised if the Flyers are trying to keep it hush until he actually signs.

eliteprospects scouting report:
Quote:

An intelligent back with good passing skill. Plays simple and wants to avoid mistakes. Good size, but can develop his physical game. It seems that he has an offensive games within him

TheKingPin 04-13-2013 11:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Larry44 (Post 63861607)
For all those of you who think the Flyers hate Russians: :)

http://www.***********/r/Flyers/comme...ontract_to_21/

Flyers have reportedly offered a contract to 21 year old Russian defenseman Nikita Zaitsev.

He went undrafted, but I remember him being ranked well. Will have to dig out back issues of Draft Preview later.

Found this too: Was on Flyers' radar during his draft year.

http://philabright.com/2010/06/18/wh...ikita-zaytsev/

These reports seem pretty promising. Ranked high in a lot of strength categories. Says he has a strong will to come to the nhl even is bilingual. Hawks and flyers were interested on him at his draft class and was thought to be lower down just because of the khl thing. Was a top 5 tanked skater for dmen that year. Not sure why people want to get rid of homer he is active and is trying (UFA and RFA activity this past offseason)

feedingschennzy 04-13-2013 11:42 AM

I love moves like this. Can never have enough young talent, and the more guys like this you sign the more likely it is you get another nhl caliber top 4 guy without breaking the bank

FlyersFan61290 04-13-2013 11:47 AM

Hope it's true and he accepts. Don't know anything about him but being as though he's laying in the KHL I think it's safe to say he's better than any of our current d prospects.

BillDineen 04-13-2013 11:51 AM

I predict he is a Norris finalist in three years after playing well next year, having a sophomore slump, turned on by fans and traded away ....

FLYguy3911 04-13-2013 11:53 AM

About time they start exploring options overseas- as far as defenseman go.

He has about as good of a profile as you will find of an undrafted defenseman.

-lots of international experience
-4 full seasons in the KHL
-good size
-good mobility
-much improved offensive game
-right handed

dingbathero 04-13-2013 12:31 PM

Here is the write up translated from EP:
"An intelligent back with a good passing game. Plays easily and want to avoid mistakes. Decent size, but can develop their physical game. Feels like he has an offensive game within itself."

If it's a young RHS from the back-end, I'm all for it. Hopefully, patience will be a factor with him, provided this is true.

Beef Invictus 04-13-2013 12:47 PM

Sure, i like it.

RoDu 04-13-2013 02:13 PM

isn't Zaitsev the name of the protagonist at Enemy at the Gates? if so, he's already got a nickname

dingbathero 04-13-2013 02:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RoDu (Post 63868857)
isn't Zaitsev the name of the protagonist at Enemy at the Gates? if so, he's already got a nickname

Jude Law ... Vassili Zaitsev - - - YEP... haha

ozo 04-13-2013 02:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RoDu (Post 63868857)
isn't Zaitsev the name of the protagonist at Enemy at the Gates? if so, he's already got a nickname

FWIW, his youth team in Russia was Snipers :laugh:

Zaitsev has been a regular in past Rags summer camps, also kid has been working with Gary Roberts on his fitness.

RoDu 04-13-2013 02:42 PM

Sniper Zaitsev it is, now just sign on the line

NHLAlert 04-13-2013 02:54 PM

I was thinking the same thing.. Russian Sniper Zaitsev to the flyers? Off topic but enemy at the gates is a great movie

dingbathero 04-13-2013 03:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ozo (Post 63869979)
FWIW, his youth team in Russia was Snipers :laugh:

Zaitsev has been a regular in past Rags summer camps, also kid has been working with Gary Roberts on his fitness.

This is good news. Now sign him.

BleedOrange 04-13-2013 05:33 PM

Really like the work homer is doing to get us some good prospects


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